buffet

buffets, buffeting, buffeted
(Pronounced [[t]bʌ̱feɪ, AM bʊfe͟ɪ[/t]] for meanings 1 to 3, and [[t]bʌ̱fɪt[/t]] for meanings 4 and 5.)
1) N-COUNT: oft N n A buffet is a meal of cold food that is displayed on a long table at a party or public occasion. Guests usually serve themselves from the table.

...a buffet lunch...

A cold buffet had been laid out in the dining-room.

2) N-COUNT: oft n N A buffet is a café, usually in a hotel or station.

We sat in the station buffet sipping tea.

3) N-COUNT: usu sing On a train, the buffet or the buffet car is the carriage or car where meals and snacks are sold. [BRIT]
(in AM, use dining car)
4) VERB If something is buffeted by strong winds or by stormy seas, it is repeatedly struck or blown around by them.

[be V-ed] Their plane had been severely buffeted by storms...

[V n] Storms swept the country, closing roads, buffeting ferries and killing as many as 30 people.

Derived words:
buffeting plural N-COUNT

...the buffetings of the winds.

5) VERB If an economy or government is buffeted by difficult or unpleasant situations, it experiences many of them.

[be V-ed] The whole of Africa had been buffeted by social and political upheavals.


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  • buffet — [ byfɛ ] n. m. • XIIIe; « escabeau » v. 1150; p. ê. rad. onomatopéique buff , exprimant le bruit d un souffle → bouffer 1 ♦ Meuble de salle à manger ou de cuisine servant à ranger la vaisselle, l argenterie, le linge de table, certaines… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • buffet — BUFFET. s. m. Espèce d armoire pour enfermer la vaisselle et le linge de table. f♛/b] Il se prend aussi pour La table où l on met une partie de la vaisselle qui doit servir au repas, avec le pain, les verres et le reste. Dresser le buffet. ter le …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Buffet — (franz.), deutsch auch Büfett, bezeichnet eine Anrichte eine zum Verzehr bereitgestellte Auswahl zubereiteter Speisen, siehe Buffet (Speise) einen Gastronomiebetrieb: in Österreich einen Imbissstand, eine Imbissstube, eine kleine Gaststätte oder… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Buffet — Buf fet (b[u^]f f[e^]t), n. [OE. buffet, boffet, OF. buffet a slap in the face, a pair of bellows, fr. buffe blow, cf. F. bouffer to blow, puff; prob. akin to E. puff. For the meaning slap, blow, cf. F. soufflet a slap, souffler to blow. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buffet — Buf*fet (b[oo^]f*f[=a] ), n. [F. buffet, LL. bufetum; of uncertain origin; perh. fr. the same source as E. buffet a blow, the root meaning to puff, hence (cf. puffed up) the idea of ostentation or display.] 1. A cupboard or set of shelves, either …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buffet — Buffet, mascul. acut. C est un dressoir, Abacus, Repositorium, Et se prent pour ce dressoir haut eslevé, à armoires, ou non, qui est en une chambre ou salle, sur lequel on estale la vaisselle d argent aux heures du souper, ou du disner és maisons …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Buffet — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Buffet puede referirse a: Una forma de servir la comida, véase Bufé. Varios personajes: Warren Buffett, inversor estadounidense, empresario y filántropo. Bernard Buffet, pintor francés del siglo XX. Buffet Crampon,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • buffet — (izg. bifȇ) m DEFINICIJA v. bife SINTAGMA buffet diner (buffet lunch) (izg. buffet dȉner, buffet lȁnč) term. bife večera (bife ručak), obrok sastavljen od hladnih i toplih jela, serviranih na većem odvojenom stolu, gosti se ob. sami poslužuju i… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • BUFFET (B.) — BUFFET BERNARD (1928 ) On s’interrogera un jour sur le succès de celui qui parut, en 1946, «le plus grand peintre français depuis Picasso». Une astuce indéniable à saisir «l’air de l’époque», un existentialisme galvaudé se coulant dans la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Buffet — Buf fet, v. i. 1. To exercise or play at boxing; to strike; to smite; to strive; to contend. [1913 Webster] If I might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for her favors, I could lay on like a butcher. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make one s way… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buffet — [Wichtig (Rating 3200 5600)] Bsp.: • Wir werden ein Buffet machen. • Dieses Restaurant hat ein wirklich gutes Mittags Buffet …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

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